July 30, 2017

Isaac Ross: It’s time for Moggmentum…!

Isaac Ross: It’s time for Moggmentum…!

Isaac Ross smells the stench of Tory decline. The Government has an apologetic posture in the communication of its policies and beliefs. It needs a fresh leader to challenge a resurgence Labour. Jacob Rees-Mogg is the man for the job.

Theresa May’s time is surely up. Exactly when she leaves Number 10 for the final time is only a matter of logistics. The party must now plan ahead and ready a candidate willing and able to take on a resurgent Jeremy Corbyn whose popularity – at least according to the polls – is steadily rising.

I believe that person should be Jacob Rees-Mogg. Let me explain amidst the snorts and spluttered laughter.

The Tories have the whiff of decline about them. Since their unexpected slump at the ballot box, the party has become increasingly demoralised and has adopted an apologetic posture in the communication of its beliefs and policies. The cabinet has been split as to how to respond to Labour’s resonant policy of public sector spending increases with some voices pushing the cabinet to capitulate and go along with the general mood. The government is on the ropes, barely still upright and requires a fresh face, a clear voice and most of all an inspirational personality to weather the storm and alter the dynamics of the political landscape.

Jacob Rees-Mogg can provide this in abundance. It was evident in his recent appearance on BBC Question Time that not only does he profoundly comprehend policy and its implementation but is crucially also compassionate, rational and calm in transmitting this to the public. He came across as commanding and knowledgeable. He isn’t just a candidate for those who subscribe to his values. He is the candidate for real change in this country without abandoning the Tories reputation of economic responsibility. With his sharp wit and authentic demeanour, he can spark the Tories very own populist-style crusade.

This is the only way the Conservatives can triumph over Jeremy Corbyn at the next general election. As with Donald Trump in the US, the personal smears against Corbyn from the Tory election campaign simply didn’t deter many from voting for him. His shoddy allegiances with the IRA for example were deemed irrelevant if this was the candidate who could improve the everyday lives of many.

The media-spun sound bite nature of mainstream politics has dissolved emphatically in the last year to the point where the public are overlooking the scruffy exterior and unvarnished speech of Jeremy Corbyn in favour of his policies. His supporters believe he is sincere about his aims unlike other politicians whose focus seems to be concentrated on gaining power and then retaining it whilst the status quo is maintained.

With ‘change’ invariably the most dominant theme at every general election, the Tories cannot select a candidate who is ‘more of the same’. This would be encouraging a Hillary Clinton effect. Phillip Hammond and Amber Rudd fall smoothly into this bracket. David Davis would be seen as ‘been there done it’ amongst the Tory members and would also appear flat in the general election media glare.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has the ability to invigorate and rejuvenate the party with his straight-talking authenticity and buoyancy and inspire a new generation of younger Conservatives when at present Labour and Jeremy Corbyn are gobbling up their support. This is perhaps the most important particle of all.

The Conservatives need to clone the brilliantly coordinated Momentum campaign to stand any chance of slowing the Corbyn bandwagon. With grassroots door-to-door canvassing and effective social media exposure, the Tories need to get its message across to the young sensibly, logically and compellingly. Only a bottom-up campaign can motivate the young and wrestle the initiative back from Labour that has successfully managed to change the public mood on issues such as taxation with these methods.

And at the forefront will be an old Etonian, seen as antiquated and archaic by many but has inspirited a small cult who feel refreshed by his purpose and style. It’s time for Moggmentum.

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Isaac Ross
Isaac Ross is an aspiring political and social commentator. His primary interests include cultural matters, Brexit, party politics and foreign policy.
  • Woman at home

    “Hissy fit”?….otherwise known as principle. It’s rare nowadays, so perhaps hard to spot?

  • gunnerbear

    “Is J R-M the man to carry classical liberalism forward?” J R-M wants to put up VAT and APD whilst cutting taxes for firms in the City and making City regulations even more lax….presumably to entice firms from Saudi to list in London rather than in NY (of course in NY they’d run the risk of facing much more probing about their links to the Saudi administration that is busy exporting a terrorist philosophy around the world).

  • Mojo

    Strangely enough, when we go around campaigning and talking to people, JRM’s education and background are never mentioned by the young. It is the middle class voters 40 somethings who worry about this. When a truly inspiring person rises up, the country seem to see them for their ability not their PC background.

    Do not forget that many Labour MPs are public school educated and have dumbed down and hidden their backgrounds. I think this is deceitful and shows we should not trust them. If someone is honest about their life they are far more respected. McDonnell comes from a very wealthy family and has hidden that for many years. Corbyn comes from a very wealthy country family too. I might also add that looking into Martin McGuiness family, they also were incredibly wealthy landowners in part. Yet all these men hide their roots.

  • Mojo

    John Redwood has held cabinet positions. He is underrated and highly talented but again it shows how awful our present leaders are because he should have been brought back into cabinet after the referendum. However, he is not a leader but a capable team player. It shows the mediocrity of Mrs May that she could choose the likes of Damien Green or Liz Truss over much more capable politicians.

  • Mojo

    I think Jeremy Corbyn is unfit for government because he doesn’t love his country or want to put his country and its people above his own agenda. I think there are very many people within the wheels of Government who are of exactly the same ilk. Leaders are born, not educated into leadership. Jeremy Corbyn is not a leader but he is of his time, in that the poorly educated students will choose a poor leader because that is all they know. They have no idea of patriotism. They only know how to be herded like sheep.

    JRM is a natural leader. He may not see it himself because his love of country and people is genuine. He truly does not get the group think or the herd mentality. He is indeed very highly educated and knows that a country survives and prospers when it has something to be proud of. All great leaders throughout the world and its history have loved their country and served their people.

  • Widggget

    I think JRM has a kind of charisma that John Redwood lacks. I like Redwood and his brainpower, but he’s more of a backroom boffin than an inspiring leader.

    I agree that JRM is untested, and we’ll have to see how he progresses.

    Sadly, I think Cameron was a terrible leader, supported by the even worse Osborne. His ‘negotiations’ with Brussels were a miserable betrayal of our country, and not worthy of a British PM. And Osborne’s Project Fear was a disgraceful lie.

  • Ben

    I don’t think so. As is said in “Johnny English Reborn”, “with age comes wisdom” as well as invaluable experience and knowledge. John Redwood’s 66 years old but David Davis (the current Brexit Secretary and frontrunner for next Tory leader) is 2 years older at 68, so is Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Vince Cable’s 74 and Theresa May’s 60. I don’t think age should be a factor at all.

  • Ben

    John Redwood went to a grammar school, unlike Jacob Rees-Mogg who went to Eton College.

  • Ben

    To be perfectly honest, I can’t really understand why you think that Jacob Rees-Mogg has much more of a chance of being perceived as an inspiring “visionary leader” than John Redwood.

    Yes but Cameron had five years as Leader of the Opposition from 2005 to 2010 to play himself into the role of Prime Minister and to pick up experience. Also, I don’t think Cameron was a good Prime Minister.

  • Bogbrush

    JRM could do it but he would need good allies with much experience to counter his own lack of ministerial experience around him who accept their own careers have peaked.

    I wholeheartedly agree that we need positivity. The defensive crouch as it was well put, or apologetic representation of policy, is disastrous.

    The biggest problem is that the Cabinet is full of ego and ambition. Hammond, Rudd, Johnson, Gove – even Fox and Davies, not to mention Javid or Patel. Getting past all of them would be a Herculean task. Perhaps he could plan a move at the conference, grab the agenda and be one the new darling of the party.

  • gatcollie

    Wow, you are right. I skimmed the website the first time, and went back and read it in more depth after your comment.

    It is even worse than MMP! At least with MMP parties are encouraged to nominated a geographically and socially diverse party list to gain party votes from different sectors of the electorate. All you appear to be doing with DPR is giving more power to the existing caucus rather than bringing in new voices through the party list system. I do not like the closed list system, but it is surely better than giving the people elected in geographically discrete areas the power of all the votes given to the party across the entire nation. And for all the claim about democratic accountability, I’m not sure most would be thrilled for their party vote to be utilised by whichever MPs happen to get elected in other parts of the country in a process they have no control over…

  • jim93

    Mogg is obviously the man conservatives need to rally behind, his perceived weaknesses of inexperience and voting record could just as easily be advantages in an era where we are moving away from managerial, mediocre politicians whose only concern is not to offend, and into an era of principle and a rejection of the status quo. His background will be a red rag to the left, but people generally value decency over class, and it looks like patriotism will be a key battleground, a value shared by the upper classes and lower middle/lower classes.
    I think his appeal to the young is underestimated, Generation Z is a LOT more conservative than millennials, it’s easy to focus on shrieking Corbyn supporters, but there are plenty of less vocal younger people who are reacting against PC culture, particularly boys who are feeling totally shafted by the system. He wouldn’t need to match Corbyn on the youth vote, just compete.
    So many people are desperate for someone to make the moral case for Christian western values and to explain that freedom is a higher moral cause than just ‘looking after people’, What’s the point of being looked after if you aren’t free to pursue happiness? A plantation owner isn’t a good person because he keeps his slaves alive, and only a madman or a communist could argue that model forms the basis for a moral society. The left have managed to convince people that freedom means selfishness, Mogg embodies the fact that is totally untrue.

  • Widggget

    Agreed about John Redwood, but he is not a visionary leader. He would be great as part of a team.

    JRM may well be the man for the moment, after all, Cameron didn’t have any direct government experience.

  • countryfox

    I too admire JRM but am mindful that he has said he does not want to be PM. I understand he may know that that only makes him more attractive but wonder if the next PM should be DD charged with bringing on the younger Tories, JRM, Tugenhadt, Mercer, Freeman, Halfon at al and to test them. Naturally his reward should be to lead the Conservatives into the next election (and I can live with that) but his biggest task and contribution would be to develop the next generation.

  • ratcatcher11

    I think John Redwoods age is against him these days, JRM is the stand-out candidate at this time.

  • ratcatcher11

    Churchill faced the same attitude he was described as a war monger. Thank God he was there at the right time.

  • ratcatcher11

    Even socialist Brexit voters like Jacob Reese Mogg because he is an authentic, Conservative, a Christian and highly intelligent. They would trust him to deliver the Brexit that people voted for and not a Hammond or May faux Brexit. He is held in high regard by both sides of the Commons and is always heard when he makes a speech because he is worth listening to, he doesn’t spout dogma. Socialist voters know their MP’s all send their children to grammar and public schools so Moggies own education would not be too much of a problem, just so long as its not of the level of Dianne Abbott. The Conservatives made the mistake of drifting to the left when the country was actually drifting to the right, but they were too in thrall to the MSM to see that. Jacob is the man that will do a great job in number 10, we Brexiteers look forward to a real Conservative becoming Prime Minister and not the fake Conservatives of the past years.

  • SonofBoudica

    I agree, but he lacks empathy with the common man/woman, and was a gift to the opposition.

  • SonofBoudica

    But Davies was tainted by his hissy fit when he resigned his seat to fight an unnecessary by-election over the issue of security powers. It cost the taxpayer millions and achieved absolutely nothing.

  • SonofBoudica

    It is unfortunate for the Conservatives that there seems to be no “untainted” senior office holder to replace Mrs May. The very fact that all the likely candidates have huge baggage, and continue to bicker in public over the most important issue of our generation – Brexit – shows a dangerous slide towards disunity and electoral oblivion. Corbyn didn’t win anything. The Conservatives lost seats because of a crass election campaign, and concentration on issues bound to lose them votes (fox-hunting, care reform without making the proposals proof against the inevitable Labour bullets made of falsehoods, failure to fully explain its policies on the NHS etc). I was amazed that there seemed to be no response to the false accusations about the “dementia tax” (actually a more than four fold increase in the amount of capital someone could retain before being required to pay for their care) from an unscrupulous Labour opposition for whom no lie was to great. To be wrong footed by the student fees and grant issue demonstrates just how the Party remained in its barracks whilst the enemy stormed their ground. And most of all, they failed to grasp how Labour used social media to bombard impressionable, and ignorant, young adults with false propaganda – knowing that they seldom listened to, or read, any other political message. Whether Mogg would be the right man, I don’t really know, but he would be a gift to Labour who would play the “Eton” card for all its worth. The more serious issue is why the talent pool of potential Conservative leaders seems so sub-standard?

  • Ben

    Thanks for replying. I’m not sure you quite understand Direct Party and Representative (DPR) voting. No country in the world has or has ever had DPR Voting. It is perfectly possible – in fact easier – to remove your MP as you get two separate votes – one for the person you want as your local constituency MP and the other for the national party which you’d like to govern the country. This means that, under DPR Voting, you can vote for parties which aren’t standing candidates in your seat and you can, for example, vote for the Conservative Party on one ballot paper but vote for an Independent candidate on the other ballot paper.

    DPR is the only system where, so long as your party has at least one seat, your party’s percentage of the national popular vote is identical to your party’s percentage of parliamentary voting power as it should be.

    The good thing about DPR voting is that it’s the only proportional system which retains many of First-Past-The-Post’s (FPTP) familiar advantages such as single-member constituencies and a strong and clear link between yourself and your MP. However, it is a fair and proportional system.

  • MrVeryAngry

    The problem is that ‘Toryism’ is as bankrupt as socialism. ‘Conservatism’ is not a political philosophy as it is practiced by the Tory party. The Tories are just self serving rent seeking opportunists. What is needed is someone to espouse the opposite to socialist moral and economic bankruptcy. And that is ‘classical liberalism’. And the last leader we had that could do that was Margaret Thatcher. Tellingly she terrified not only socialists but the Tory party’s grandees. The self serving rent seekers.
    Is J R-M the man to carry classical liberalism forward?

  • Ned Costello

    John Redwood is one of the most intelligent, imiginative, informed,capable and yet under-rated politicians in Parliament, and has been so for many years. I can’t believe that a talent like his can be wasted on the back-benches while non-entities such as Nicky Morgan find themselves in charged of important Commons Committees and before that in the Cabinet.

  • gatcollie

    Having seen this first hand (as a voter, volunteer and candidate) in New Zealand, I would not be pushing for this here. There are three reasons why:
    1) Lack of accountability – in this I don’t even mean the proportional representational aspect (although that doesn’t help). Simply, it is almost impossible to eject a poorly performing MP from parliament so long as they maintain the support of their party. There have been numerous examples in New Zealand where major party candidates were emphatically rejected for their constituencies but return as list MPs.
    2) Strengthening the Party machine at the expense of the individual MP – this is related to the first point, but affects politician behaviour in the legislature. Basically, in a closed-list system (like DPR) the party machinery decides which position each MP and candidate holds on the list. This makes it a lot easier for party leadership to change the make-up of the party’s caucus according to their own political views (eg purging ‘Cameroons’ after his resignation), meaning candidates and MPs are extremely reliant on maintaining the support of party central office and less willing to rock the boat. It is worth noting that since the introduction of MMP (effectively the same system) in New Zealand I do not recall there being any significant rebellions against a government by their own MPs (the only broadly relevant example is the Foreshore and Seabed legislation, but that ended up only being one MP who rebelled, and she left the party and founded her own).
    3) Centralisation of campaigns and policy – Some might say this is already a big problem in the UK, but because under DPR only the ‘party vote’ is relevant (you get two votes for a candidate and a party, but only the party vote is relevant to the overall make-up of parliament) campaigns must become extremely centralised and presidential (much more than presently in the UK). Parties can not afford any deviation from central message and all campaigning is managed by central office. Local concerns are usually subsumed into this generic literature (you think ‘Strong and stable government’ was bad here? As a candidate if I didn’t say ‘Strong, stable John Key-led National Government’ at least three times in an interview someone would be asking me why not…).

    DPR isn’t the end of the world by any stretch. It is, like every other option, a system to positive and negative aspects. I agree that probably we need to move away from FPP and towards something more proportional, but I would recommend a system like the Scottish Additional Member or Supplementary Member systems, which is broadly the same but splits the constituency and party votes so that both count equally. Eg if you have 100 seats, 50 constituency and 50 party, under DPR if Party A wins 40 constituencies and gets 50% of the party vote and they win 50 seats, while Party B wins 10 constituencies and gets 50% of the party vote and they also win 50 seats. Under AM/SM the same situation would (on a national proportional result, not regionalised as they are in Scotland) result in 65 seats for Party A and 35 seats for Party B. Now honest folk may differ which is the better or fairer outcome, but in my view if you are going to bother to have constituencies they may as well actually count for something!

  • Ben

    I think that the ludicrous social care policy, the scrapping of the triple lock on pensions and the proposed means testing for the Winter fuel allowance drove a lot of older voters away from the Conservative Party. I think that The loss of older voters was more damaging for the Conservatives than Labour’s gain among younger voters.

    Let’s not forget that the Conservatives received the highest share of the vote of any party since 1997. They also increased their share of the vote by by almost 6% since 2015. This was all with the highest voter turnout since 1997. Maybe it’s time to introduce Direct Party and Representative (DPR) Voting.

  • Ben

    I don’t deny that Jacob Rees-Mogg is an incredible intelligent, knowledgeable and talented conviction politician. I admire him greatly.

    However, I don’t think anyone should go straight from being a backbench MP with no ministerial experience at all to being Prime Minister.

    There are many other right-wing, truly conservative backbench MPs such as John Redwood with very similar views and beliefs to Mogg who have long-term and extensive ministerial experience but who, unfortunately, receive much less social media attention.

  • Ben

    Also, David Davis, for example, hasn’t been tainted by going into Cabinet.

  • Ben

    The fact that Jeremy Corbyn has no ministerial experience is one of the many reasons why I think he’s unfit to be Prime Minister.

  • Ruth

    My friend’s son viewed 2 million hits on Labour propaganda received via mobile day before election with a constant rolling ‘vote Labour’ including all the promises. They really got their act together regarding bombarding the youth.

  • MarcusJuniusBrutus

    I hated Cameron and Osborne and their drift to the left chasing Blairist votes. I didn’t want May for leader because she had a poor record at the Home Office and I couldn’t see how she could improve as PM (and as her record shows, I was right). I’m fed up with pragmatic, inauthentic, unprincipled politics and what better example could you have than a Remain supporter leading the country into Brexit?

    I started off as a Mogg sceptic. But the more I see of him, the, the more I appreciate what he brings to Parliament and to the Conservative Party. I now think he would be a great PM. I think his authenticity would win votes.

  • CommanderJampot

    ‘Mogg doesn’t have any Cabinet, Shadow Cabinet or even junior ministerial experience.’

    Anyone who goes into Cabinet these days become politically tainted, just look at Boris Johnson.

    Regardless, Mogg has proven to be knowledgeable to how parliament and government works, and sometimes desperate times require desperate measures.

  • Mojo

    Do not forget that Jeremy Corbyn did not have any cabinet experience. Do not also forget that Margaret Thatcher although Schools Minister had no experience of any top cabinet job and was, in fact, jeered at by most of the Ted Heath coterie. I.e. Ken Clarke, Heseltine etc. She stood against all the odds because she had patriotism. Corbyn stood against all the odds too. They were both right for their time. Corbyn, however, is dangerous because of his dislike of the United Kingdom. He is not a Donald Trump because he doesn’t believe in his country. However JRM does believe in his country and I think there are many millions of people outside London who also believe in their country and are utterly disappointed with Mrs May ‘s performance. Having given her so much support and encouragement, she has blown every opportunity to stand tall for the UK.

    The glaringly obvious fact is that the majority of people born in this country are heartily sick of terrorism, terrorists and poor leadership. We know that many of us could do a better job. We are far more sensible and far more capable and we see ourselves reflected in JRM. Corbyn has a strong student following because they really have been educated to think the UK is a nasty country with a nasty history and any leader who will destroy us is to be applauded. They may have to learn a very hard lesson. But that unfortunately is the history of the world.

    The very best Generals are those who go against the grain and rally the troops. They are often the least likely choice of the elite, the academics or indeed the military.

  • Ben

    Great article! Guido Fawkes recently reported that CCHQ is already trying to create its own version of “Momentum”. Some say that introducing a well-disciplined youth wing may enthuse young voters. However, I fear that Mogg’s voting record may put off many young voters. Mogg doesn’t have any Cabinet, Shadow Cabinet or even junior ministerial experience.

    However, I certainly think it’s true that a genuine conservative (with a lower case c) is, as “The Bow Group” has stated, needed to defeat a socialist Labour Leader. Some of Theresa May’s policies such as her energy price cap (similar to Ed Miliband’s 2015 energy price freeze) were perceived as “socialism lite”. We need a Conservative Leader who is the polar opposite of Corbyn and whose beliefs are completely different to Corbyn’s. This was how Margaret Thatcher defeated the socialist Labour leader Michael Foot.

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